2012 Honda CRF450R Dirt Bike Motorcycle

Honda’s awesome CRF450R has taken the lead in the four-stroke motocross revolution, and it’s still way out in front. To keep it there, we’ve given the king of the open class some serious updates for 2012.

honda, honda motorcycles, honda dirt bikes, 2012 honda, 2012 honda motorcycles, 2012 honda dirt bikes, 2012 honda crf450rWith a machine like this, anything less than perfection is unacceptable—and the 2012 CRF450R gives you the perfect balance of open-class Honda power, refined suspension, and the best brakes in the business.

First, we’ve changed the rear shock linkage so you get a softer start and a stiffer finish. It responds to small bumps better, but still resists bottoming over really big hits.

Fine-tuning the rear travel helps with steering during hard braking and on long, fast downhill sections.

At the front, new fork outer tubes are stiffer for better feedback and superior tracking in heavy dirt, mud, and sand sections.

New springs and suspension settings front and rear keep the balance right and increase steering precision.

And we’ve even given the 2012 CRF450R wider, longer footpegs for better grip and comfort and fitted it with premium Dunlop MX51 tires for superior traction in corners and under acceleration.

All in all, the CRF450R is the most dialed-in open-class MX bike we’ve ever rolled up to the start gate. That, combined with its legendary power, makes it the machine serious riders will be campaigning in 2012.

Taking a perfect bike and making it even better.

Anybody can make a bike with no power handle. But getting a machine as powerful as Honda’s CRF450R to work right? That’s a challenge. And that’s why we’re especially proud of our 2012 model.

The new rear shock linkage, new springs front and rear, new suspension settings and more all help sharpen the CRF450R’s steering precision and increase traction on downhills and under hard braking.

Throw in wider footpegs, new premium Dunlop MX51 tires, a revised chain roller and new front-axle collars and from the time the first start gate drops you’ll know you’re on the best open-class MX bike you’ve ever ridden.

How you can make the world’s best MX bike even better.

The HRC Fuel-Injection Setting Tool lets you fine-tune your CRF450R’s fuel injection for specific track conditions. Just click on the link below, and you’ll get all the information you need.

Dialed-in Performance.

New front and rear suspension settings, springs, linkage and fork tubes keep the CRF450R hooked up and out in front. You’ll notice how well it steers the first time out.

More Control. Less Effort.

Developed by our factory racing team, the Honda Progressive Steering Damper is lightweight, compact and enhances cornering ability while reducing rider fatigue.

Honda Progressive Steering Damper (HPSD)

Riding a bike without Honda’s exclusive HPSD is like riding a machine with out a shock absorber. The HPSD is designed to work in conjunction with the front and rear suspension to give you unmatched steering precision under braking, acceleration, and in the whoops, ruts, and hardpack. There’s nothing like it!

Front Suspension

Kayaba front suspension features a sophisticated inverted Air-Oil Separated (AOS) system with an exclusive Honda 48mm-diameter fork, adjustability for rebound and compression damping. The 2012 model uses new, stiffer fork springs and new fork outer tubes. You’ll experience a plusher, better balanced ride.

Works-Style Brakes

Honda’s MX bikes have always had great brakes on the track, and the 2012 CRF450R continues that tradition. Front and rear discs with factory-spec master cylinders help haul you down fast, so you can outbrake the other guy into the turns.

New Front-Axle Collars

These spacers use a larger diameter to help make the front fork and wheel assembly more rigid. You get a more direct, more precise steering feel.

New Dunlop MX51 Tires

We designed the 2012 CRF450R’s suspension to perfectly coordinate with these premium tires. You’ll experience improved traction front and rear, especially in corners and under acceleration.

Lightweight Aluminum Frame

The CRF450R’s race-inspired twin-spar aluminum frame revolutionized MX chassis tech when it first appeared in 1997 on the radical CR250R and has continued to do so every year since.

Our latest frame boasts optimized torsional and lateral rigidity with minimized weight and maximum durability, ensuring razor-sharp handling performance.

Batteryless Fuel Injection

The CRF450R was our first MX bike with fuel injection, and it’s always been the standard in the class. And fine-tuning it to specific track conditions is easier than ever with our HRC Fuel-Injection Setting Tool.

Wider, Longer Footpegs

The wider, longer pegs are more comfortable and offer better traction. The pegs are one of the three places you make contact with your bike, and at the end of a long race one of the most important.

Rear Suspension

The rear suspension gets a new linkage, new valving, and a new spring. Along with the adjusted rear-wheel travel, you’ll experience more steering precision and better traction, especially under hard braking on downhill sections.

94db Exhaust System

The CRF450R’s silencer teams with the bike’s fuel-injection throttle body and injector to give you superior all-around power. Legal for AMA competition, it’s fully integrated into the engine’s tuning concept.

Revised Chain Roller

It may seem like a small detail, but the new chain roller helps keep the rear suspension more active during braking and the bike more calm and composed.


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